Chancellor Jack Weiss joined U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and national and state leaders in an all-day summit focused on the hurricane recovery in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. The August 27 event held in New Orleans featured five recovery-related issue panels and recovery update sessions. The summit was held to commemorate the second anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the devastating flooding that followed.
“As the State’s flagship law school,” Weiss said, “it is critical that the LSU Law Center demonstrate its commitment to the recovery effort and its awareness of the plight of citizens who are still suffering two years after the storms.”
Weiss said the Law Center is exploring ways for its students and faculty to make additional meaningful contributions to Louisiana’s recovery.
Panelists at the summit included statewide leaders from education, business, government, nonprofits, and recovery-related organizations along with presidential candidates of both parties, including Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., former Governor Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., and Congressman Duncan Hunter, R-California.
The summit included panel discussions with national and local leaders on key issues related to hurricane recovery and preparedness, including Coastal Protection, Levees and Infrastructure; Education; Business Recovery; Rebuilding the Criminal Justice System; and Housing and Sustainable Community Recovery.